Us RUDE Guys do not live in an eco-designed house. It is an early 1970s glorified tent! It has some features that are sort of ‘green’ like roofing insulation and energy efficient globes in our light fittings. Some rooms have curtains that are lined, and we have outside awnings on the windows.
We do however strive to reduce our carbon footprint in other ways. We reduce, reuse and repair. We rarely travel preferring stay at home mending and making do. We are wary of expensive products that are labelled/certified ‘green’, refusing to be green washed by The Man.
What we do admire is others who owner-build with sustainability in mind. And we would not rule out buying an already built eco-house on a small parcel of land in some sleepy seaside town. Time will tell when RUDE Boy retires later in 2018.
On the topic of sustainable housing, National Sustainable House Day 2017 is fast approaching. We just had to share with you Peter and Natasha Miles’ straw bale house in Merrimu, Victoria just up the highway from where we live.
A few years back, we spent an informative hour with this lovely couple . Us RUDE Guys went to their property to collect some items they had generously listed on Freecycle. They invited us into their home after we expressed a great interest in their building method. At the time RUDE Girl had just completed a carpentry course and my eyes were wide open to future possibilities.
We would highly recommend that if you are looking to visit a sustainable house on September 17th take a drive to Merrimu and visit the Mills. We know for a fact that they will make you feel most welcome. Refer newspaper cutting below.
Oh, and what did they generously offer on Freecycle that we collected from them. A digital camera that we used until were handed up mobile phones with cameras. A computer hard drive that is still operating in RUDE Boy”s desk top computer. And a lovely electric throw rug that was used many a time, and one such time was when RUDE Girl was very ill and suffering from shock.